Gen 2 dash removal?

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by Joseph Dell, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Joseph Dell

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    Can anyone explain the dash removal procedure on a gen2? I have never removed a dash and want to remove the battery gauge to put the boost gauge there. i've seen others do it and it looks quite cool... just not sure how much of a PITA it is to do it.

    Thanks in advance!

    Joseph
     
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    i dont remember it being very hard. i took mine out to paint it flat black. it just snaps in. i just took my time and did alot of gentle but forceful pulling. it was like removing the hood - after i did it for the first time, i was suprised at how easy it really was.
     
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    Call me JD. I will help.
     
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    I remember looking at that operation in the factory service manual for my '01. I think it starts with "remove steering column." Is that really needed to get the dash off? That's also the same manual that sez you have to remove the hood and then the rebar to pull the front fascia. Yeah... right.
     
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    JD, its not hard, just take your time.

    Before you remove it, take some painters or masking tape and tape off your A-pillars. The corners of the dash a sharp. I removed mine 3 times one day (don't ask) and I put a few scratches on my A-pillars trying to squeeze the dash in and out. I'm not sure about your RT-10, but it easily happened on my 96 GTS.
     
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    Ken... NICE!
     
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    Thanks Dave...definitely not as difficult as most of your projects, but I am getting good at presentation...
     
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    take Simms advice and tape the A-pillars, you'll thanks us later :)

    and remember that the headlight knob doesn't just pull off, you have to push a pin in the hole on top of it, then pull
    the FSM describes it with a diagram


    oh, and nice writeup Ken :D
     
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    Ken, I'm going to add your write up to the Illustrated's Section. Very well done, thanks! - Tony
     
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    For those of you who "forgot" to tape the A pillars like me.....what did you use to repaint/touch them up? My dash/pillars are that flat back rubber like coating. I have a few scratches Id like to touch up.
     
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    This was an awesome write-up! Thank you for taking the time to do it! I know what I'll be doing this weekend... woo hoo! Thank you all!!!!
     
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    Excellent Ken,I bought a leather covered dash for my Gen 1 and have been wondering how to go about swopping it over so you have answered all my questions before I have even asked them. Many thanks.
     
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    Very nice write up. Thank you. Hope you don't mind, I printed it for my garage files.
     
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    1st rate write-up ken

    thanks
     
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    Thanks guys! I hope to get a few more done this winter.
     
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    I only put a couple small thin scratches in mine. Believe it or not, I touched ithem up with a black pencil (black, not the standard lead color). Nobody notices them.
     
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    When i click on the link it says i dont have access to it?
     
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    you have to be a VCA member
     
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    AWESOME write up, and thank you. what program did you use for the illustrations, etc?
     
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    I use Microsoft Office PowerPoint. It's primarily used in the business world to put together presentations. I just import a picture or pictures and it's easy to to add text boxes and arrows...and then you can save the presentation as a .jpg image.
     
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    sweet, thanks!
     
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